Middle Eastern Heritage at the San Francisco Public Library

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2017 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;

  San Francisco, CA --   The Library celebrates Middle Eastern Heritage this month with a wide array of programs in recognition of the diverse histories, cultures and traditions from the Middle East. Visit the Main Library to learn about the “cradle of civilization” from Dr. Abdul Jabbar, professor emeritus of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at City College of San Francisco. Taste delectable Egyptian street food cuisine with local chef and restaurant owner, Sausan, at Mission Bay and view an Arabic dance performance by Heaven Mousalem at Western Addition. Families and folk of all ages will enjoy Middle Eastern cultural celebrations held at several branches with performances, games, crafts and food. Youngsters will delight in a special children’s story time in celebration of the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s new exhibition, Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid. At Ocean View and Potrero, youth are invited to make hummus on Rock the Bike, the Library’s pedal-powered blender, and create a hamsa, a palm-shaped amulet used to ward off the “evil eye” at Marina. Tweens and teens will love tasting different Middle Eastern snacks at various Snack Trials, and learning the designs and techniques of traditional Palestinian embroidery at Merced. On Sept. 24 at the Main Library, view a collection of outstanding short films from the Arab Film and Media Institute (AFMI) showcasing emergent voices and diverse approaches in cinematic storytelling by contemporary Arab filmmakers and artists. Visit sfpl.org/MiddleEasternHeritage for more details.  View the complete Program Guide (PDF). Middle Eastern Heritage Month programming is funded in part by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library RELATED PROGRAMS AFMI Presents: The Best of Arab Short Films – Sept. 24, 1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium The Middle East as the Cradle of Civilization – Sept. 6, 4 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room Egyptian Street Food Tasting – Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Mission Bay Branch Arabic Dance with Heaven Mousalem – Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch The CJM Read-Aloud – Sept. 23, 2 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center Make a Hamsa – Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch Hamsa Craft for Kids – Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Marina Branch Teen Tasty Thursdays: Middle Eastern Snacks – Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Mission Branch Middle Eastern Snack Trials – Sept. 23, 3 p.m., West Portal Branch Middle Easter Snack Trials – Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Main Library, The Mix at SFPL Sew Your Story – Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Merced Branch Rock the Bike: Hummus Edition Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Potrero Branch Sept. 14, 3 p.m., Glen Park Branch Sept. 16, 2 p.m., Ocean View Branch

September 1, 2017